Collecting, or how to start

In its basic form,  art appreciation is a reaction that occurs in certain parts of one’s brain, pon exposure to something perceived as a true work of art. Therefore, the first step that I would recommend any connoisseur to be: if you are interested in a particular subject, start by exposing yourself to the best work, in the best condition.

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Аукционы, взгляд изнутри (in Russian)

В интернете аукционы характеризуют по разному, но в основном с некой аурой пренебрежительности – то ли цены рассчитаны на неопытных, но богатых коллекционеров-олигархов, толи продаются одни подделки, толи все сделано в интересах «сами знаете кого», правда как и в каждой конспирологической теории, кого именно не совсем ясно, но подразумевается, что явно не в интересах хороших людей. Какова же реальность аукционной жизни? Будучи немного знакомым и с «внутренней» и с «внешней» стороной проведения аукционов, позволю себе краткое изложение моего личного взгляда на данный феномен.

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What is it like being a researcher in Arms and Armor?

For those considering the path, all I can say is – congratulations!
The good news is that you are embarking on an effort which can be fun, and intellectual, will in due time reveal to you much about yourself, and can evolve into many things, including historical research per se. My condolences as well: you will waste a lot of money, make a lot of mistakes and will deal with the nastiest crowd, i.e. fellow researchers. In all aspects, research in arms and armor is not that different from theoretical physics (minus math) or psychology (except you have to deal with experiments post factum).

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